Copyright and Technology



Creative Commons for Music: What’s the Point?
Bill RosenblattBill Rosenblatt, Copyright and TechnologyCopyright, CC BY-NC-ND, 2012/01/23

Bill Rosenblatt argues, "Creative Commons is a burglar alarm sign on your lawn without the actual alarm system." I disagree. Creative Commons is a 'private property' sign on your lawn. It isn't about theft and protection from theft. It's about making a statement - or, in the parlance of the field, rights expression. P.S. while he says, "while there are code libraries for generating CC REL code, I have yet to hear of a working system that actually reads CC REL license terms and acts on them," he is probably not aware of my own published work doing just that, Managing Digital Rights Using JSON. Related: Umair Haque, The New Economics of Music. Today: Total:74 [Comment] [Direct Link]

More Devices, More Platforms, More... DRM
Bill RosenblattBill Rosenblatt, Copyright and TechnologyCopyright, CC BY-NC-ND,

Wait a second - did we ask for more DRM? Thought not. So why is Microsoft delivering yet another DRM scheme? Right - because we aren;t the customers. We may purchase the hardware, the readers, the players, the computers, but the customers are the advertisers and vendors who want to use these devices to sell us stuff. And they want DRM. And there won't be any way around this unless we can open up the hardware somehow. Today: Total:76 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Updated DRM Reference Table
Bill RosenblattBill Rosenblatt, Copyright and TechnologyCopyright, CC BY-NC-ND,

The value of this item outweighs the inconvenience of the odd PDF registration form (which will allow dummy values, so if you don't want you don't have to submit real information). It's a pretty complete list "of over three dozen currently available DRM, content protection, and conditional access technologies for commercial media, including audio, video, e-books, and games." There's a spreadsheet version available for a fee. The PDF can be accessed here. Good value from an author who knows his field. Today: Total:44 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Disney Launches Subscription E-Book Service
Bill RosenblattBill Rosenblatt, Copyright and TechnologyCopyright, CC BY-NC-ND,

I have in the past alluded to the sceptre of Disney taking over e-learning if traditional educational institutions fail to fill the role. Now we are getting a glimpse of Disney's version (in addition to Disney eXtreme Digital) of e-learning. "The site charges users US $80 per year for access. The user interface is browser-based and resembles so-called digital editions of magazines: it is based on the Flash format and includes visual "page-turning" effects. The reader also includes educational features for children, such as click to hear words aloud, dictionaries, and trivia facts." Today: Total:61 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Gridlock at the World Copyright Summit
Bill RosenblattBill Rosenblatt, Copyright and TechnologyCopyright, CC BY-NC-ND,

Ann interesting article describing how a concept new to the copyright guardians - "gridlock" - began circulating at a recent conference of rights collection agencies. "This term was introduced by Michael Heller, a Columbia Law School professor who spoke in the morning. The word came from his book The Gridlock Economy, whose basic thesis is that too much ownership or property, including intellectual property, creates gridlock that results in underutilization of property and stunting of innovation." I think gridlock is something that developers and designers of online learning have been living with since day one - and that it is useful to have a term and a reference to use to identify this problem and trace to its roots. Today: Total:77 [Comment] [Direct Link]


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